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Raw Lemon Barley Energy Cookies

Posted in Desserts, Favourites by Janet M on August 2, 2012

While Magic Tours provided all food and lodgings for the hike towards The Lost City, promising vegan eats for me, I came prepared. Just in case. Fresh fruits were a-plenty, that’s for sure. Prior to my trip, though, I had my dehydrator out in full force: I was making myself treats to keep me fuelled through this grueling hike.

I made an assortment of treats and not all made the cut.

Chickpea Granola Bars: A peanut butter-based granola bar stuffed with roasted chickpeas. Sounded great but these bars were too dry for me. They are supposed to be chilled for best eating (maybe that would have helped?), and dehydrating them did not make them more palatable. They stayed at home.

Caribbean Coconut Oat Bars: Looking for something tropical, I made these with fresh mango instead of banana. They combined oats, almonds, macadamia nuts and coconut with lime. These had promise but my bars were too thin to enjoy the fudgey/chewy texture I was hoping to duplicate. These stayed at home.

Gingerbread Cliff Bars: Hoping for a savoury energy bar without all the crap from real Cliff bars, this was a strong contender. However, these were unlike any Cliff bar I have ever tasted. The pumpkin pie spice treat tasted great but they were cakey more then dense and too fragile to bring on a hike. They stayed at home.

Chocolate Mint Protein Bars: A great good source of protein when all I had to eat was fried rice and avocado for dinner (only once). With a bit of dehydration, these were a nice portable option. Without the dehydration, they would not have survived. They came with me to the jungle, too.

However, the winner of all the snacks were these raw lemon barley energy cookies from Tess! Combining only a few ingredients, these are delicious snacks that withstood everything the jungle threw at it. Almonds. Dates. Sprouted barley. Lemon. Salt. The original recipe also had raisins, but I opted to omit it in favour of a tart lemony cookie instead. The lack of raisins (or decreased dried fruit) really helped these cookies keep their shape through all the backpack reshuffles and heat of the jungle. Furthermore, I do not like overly sweet things when exercising.  I also made Tess’ Gooey Cinnamon Raisin version of these cookies which were incredibly delicious with a heavy hand of cinnamon, but the extra raisins made them a bit more gooey and sweet in the heat.

Some of my other favourite energy snacks from my cycling adventures:

Raw Cinnamon Raisin Balls

Maca Chip Raw Energy Balls

Chocolate Brownie Power Nibbles

Cocoa-Almond Mint Nibbles

What is your favourite energy bar?

This is my submission to this month’s Bookmarked Recipes, Raw Food Thursdays and to this week’s Weekend Wellness.

Raw Lemon Barley Energy Cookies
Adapted from The Two Week Wellness Solution

1/2 cup dry pearled barley, rinsed
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup pitted dates (I used honey dates)
3 tbsp lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
1 tbsp lemon zest (from 2 lemons)
1/2 tsp salt

1. Begin by sprouting your barley: Place the rinsed barley in a sprouting jar and cover with lots of water. Leave for at least 8 hours, or overnight. Remove the water and rinse well with new water. Place the container upside down at a 45 degree angle for another 8-12 hours. Continue for a full 2 days. At this point, the barley will be tender yet chewy but no sprout will form. Rinse and drain again.

2. Once your barley has sprouted, use it right away. In a food processor fitted with the S-blade, blend the barley well. Add the remainder of the ingredients and blend until relatively smooth.

3. Pinch off a tbsp or so of the dough and roll into a ball. Place onto a dehydrator tray. Continue with the remainder of the dough. Flatten the cookies if desired (I didn’t). Dehydrate at 105F for 6-12 hours. They should be relatively soft and chewy.

4. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Makes 14 cookies.

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  1. sprint2thetable said, on August 2, 2012 at 8:30 AM

    Normally I’m not a big lemon-flavor person, but I really love lemon balls. these would make fantastic pre-workout fuel!

    • janet @ the taste space said, on August 2, 2012 at 10:10 AM

      I love, love, love lemon! I liked these because they weren’t too sweet. Do you like sweet things when you work-out?

      • sprint2thetable said, on August 2, 2012 at 11:15 AM

        No – I think that’s why I like the lemon. I typically work out in the morning, and I find the lemon flavor energizing.

  2. Flavors of the Sun said, on August 2, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    I’ve never sprouted barley–my husband would love it. And this recipe. Looks great. I’ve got all the ingredients, now I just need to sprout!

    • janet @ the taste space said, on August 2, 2012 at 10:11 AM

      Sprouting barley is different because you don’t get any tails or anything.. they just become more plump. This is definitely a fun way to try them out, though!

  3. Dawn said, on August 2, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    Ooo those look good. And speaking of barley – that is something i have never sprouted either!

  4. Gabby @ the veggie nook said, on August 2, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    Lemon is one of my go-to flavours for snack bites and bars. It’s sweet without being too sweet, or high in sugar. Too bad you had to try out so many different things before finding something that worked for you, but hey, at least you ended up making this delicious recipe!

  5. Happy Little Feet said, on August 2, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    Those look delicious I will have to try them this week for snack!

  6. Joanne said, on August 3, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    I probably would have brought my own snacks also…sometimes it’s comforting to have food when you know every ingredient that went into it. I know I would have loved these energy balls. Just the right amount of sweetness for me!

  7. Genevieve said, on August 4, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Oh, too bad you didn’t have much luck with the chickpea granola bars, or the other ones you tried. I remember mine being nice and moist, but it did help to keep them refrigerated – I probably wouldn’t bring them on hikes or travels with me either! Glad you found some that worked though – the cinnamon raisin version sounds so good!

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  9. MyRedSandals said, on August 15, 2012 at 7:01 AM

    I am an expert, mostly improvisational cook and the one piece of kitchen equipment that has always fascinated me — but I’ve purchased — is a food dehydrator. This was for various reasons… takes up a lot of counter space, high cost, confused by the pros/cons of all the brands/models, not sure just how flexible an appliance it really is, etc.

    Perhaps you can answer a few questions for me and briefly share your experience. Did you purchase it mainly to provide a way to extend the shelf life of the food you grow/purchase?Exactly what brand/model do you own? Just how flexible an appliance is it; I mean, it is a food dehydrator, after all, so it must have limitations… what exactly can you do with it besides make dried fruit and veggies that can then be eaten as it or incorporated into recipes? Thanks!

    • MyRedSandals said, on August 15, 2012 at 7:02 AM

      Sorry, meant to say that I’ve *never* purchased.

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